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Autoethnography in an Ethnographic Encounter

  • Ajnesh Prasad
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Abstract

This chapter documents a problematic ethnographic encounter that I experienced while conducting fieldwork in the neo-colonized space of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Through autoethnography and reflexivity, I describe how the encounter begins to illuminate the surfacing of prejudices that were originally enacted by oppressive neo-colonial structures, but which I had come to discursively accept against the communities and the peoples that were to become the subjects of my ethnographic study. As I explain, these prejudices are sourced to the perception of the denigrated embodiment of the Other—in this case, the Palestinian masculine subject. Finally, in this chapter, I consider how I originally understood these latent prejudices and how I ultimately came to negate them through a prudent engagement with, and deconstruction of, a reified socio-political discourse that ideologically endeavors to maintain the subjugation of a disenfranchised and unrecognized nation.

Keywords

Autoethnography Fieldwork Neo-colonization Other Palestine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ajnesh Prasad
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Roads UniversityVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Tecnologico de MonterreyMexico CityMexico

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